Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov answered the question of who will be the next best lightweight for the promotion.
“Although now people are talking about Chandler, Oliveira and Poirier, McGregor and Gaethje, but … In my opinion, at the end of this year or at the beginning of the next, Islam Makhachev will be the best. Perhaps people think that I am only promoting it, but no. I just know how good this guy is. Everyone who has ever encountered him in the octagon, in the gym, in sparring or on mats knows this. You can talk to many fighters, ask Leon Edwards or Kamara Usman, these are welterweight. Ask Daniel Cormier or me. Everyone who has ever competed with him knows that if there are no problems, Islam will become the best lightweight in the world, ”Khabib Nurmagomedov said on the air of UFC Fight Pass.
Islam Makhachev last played at UFC 259 on March 6 this year in Las Vegas. Then he defeated the American Drew Dober ahead of schedule. After that victory, the Russian climbed to 11th place in the ranking of lightweight fighters.
Earlier, Nurmagomedov lost his place in the UFC ratings and decided to become a coach.